Self-Billowing Flagpole



Self-Billowing Flagpole


         This is a technique for high-profile ceremonies (on the Fourth of July, at the United Nations, at the Olympics, opening of Embassies, etc.) to keep flags billowing when the wind is not strong enough to unfurl the flag in a natural way.  

         An electric fan in the base blows air up the flagpole, and out vents in the flagpole and the spinner that keeps the flag from wrapping around the pole, and directs the air toward the flag to billow out in a natural way. 


Hines’ Lab book #2, p. 71



Credit where credit is due.

      After conceiving and designing the self-billowing flagpole above, a patent search uncovered U.S. Pat. 7,017,510 issued to Baskaran Nair in 2006 for an “Artificial Wind Producing Flag Pole Assembly” which had one element of mine.

      The Nair flagpole causes the flag to blow exclusively in the direction the pole is mounted, for example North, even if the wind is blowing in a different direction.  In my version, shown above, because of the spinner, the flag turns in the direction of the wind, with the internal fan helping the flag stand out farther from the pole.


      This is a technology announcement, not a product being offered for sale to end users.  Please contact Steve Hines with any questions by email, or at 818-507-5812.


Glendale, California, USA